Nationals' Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper left prepares to hit San Francisco Giants Hunter Strickland after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday

Giants, Nationals headed in different directions

The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 1 minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain in the top of the first inning.

Harper has a hyperextended left knee after getting hurt on a groundout.

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on Sunday morning that Bryce Harper will play again in 2017.

Who would replace Harper in right field and in the lineup? It might have been wet or something.

"Somehow he has our number".

"It's a little tough but that's what we have to do as a professional", Jackson said. It was raining steadily when Harper's injury happened.

Manager Dusty Baker spoke this week about the importance of new players fitting well into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse in the middle of the season. "I'm just glad he (Jackson) gave us a victory tonight and we had just enough offense".

As per usual with the Washington Nationals, no injury news is usually given until after the game and its unlikely we will know the full diagnosis until some point during the doubleheader tomorrow. He had five by the end of the third inning Sunday.

Buster Posey is just 1-for-15 (.067), while Denard Span, the former Washington center fielder, is 5-for-20 (.250). Left-hander Sean Doolittle threw a ideal ninth for his eighth save with the Nationals. And they won't have a rested starter to take the ball on Wednesday. A moment of silence was observed before the game for the victims of the clash.

Giants: INF Orlando Calixte was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento as San Francisco's 26th player.

"He really competed well". He threw 100 pitches and 58 strikes total.

Wilmer Difo also had two hits for Washington.

The Giants took an early lead on a Joe Panik homer, but the Nationals struck right back, threatening with Wilmer Difo's one-out double in the bottom of the first.

Despite the horrific accident, Harper did manage to walk around the club house following the game. Jones reached the base first for the out, but as soon as Harper's left foot touched the bag, he went airborne. Harper remained on the ground for an extended period of time.

Harper was hustling for a base hit, but went down and could not put any weight on the leg. This time, he was scheduled to start Friday, but the game was rained out and Stratton was bumped two days so Jeff Samardzija could pitch Saturday on normal rest. Baker said he hopes that's not the case with Harper.

"He was in obvious pain, and he was praying and I was praying, too". The good thing is he's young and strong.

"I'm asking for prayers that it's not serious", Baker said.

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